The last time these people from far-off places – including Lebanon, Argentina, Ecuador and Iran – were all together, Richard Nixon was president and “The Godfather” just hit the theaters.
This week, nine foreign exchange students who spent the 1971-72 school year in Orange County reunited for the first time. The Orange County Register chronicled the reunion of the former students who were part of an exchange program hosted by the American Field Service, an international nonprofit fostering better relationships among nations. These students attended high schools throughout central Orange County.
The reunion took about two years to plan, with the former students reaching out to each other through Facebook, phone calls and hand-written letters.
Here are some other local education stories from the week ending Aug. 11:
- Santa Ana Unified and the Regional Center of Orange County hosted give-away events that provided over 3,500 backpacks and school supplies to families in need.
- A devoted teacher from Santa Ana High founded the Achievement Institute of Scientific Studies in an effort to facilitate the student transition from high school into STEM related career paths.
- During the first day of school, Early College High School in Costa Mesa proudly unveiled their new campus after the completion of a multi-year facility renovation project.
- Savanna School District students were the first to head back to the classroom Monday and more seats were filled throughout the week as other north Orange County districts start up their new school year.
- A real estate information company conducted a study and reported a link between educational success and opportunities for homeownership.
That’s all for this week. For more education news stories, visit news.ocde.us.